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Old Wed 05 August 2009, 10:06
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Cutting and Making Dust! #40 - California, USA

All the table steel arrived last week, so I took a 3 day weekend and got the MM table welded up. I'm pretty happy with the results so far.

The MM plans are WELL DONE and very easy to read and follow. Thanks to Gerald for all his hard work!

I did add some extra rails across the bottom support tubes on the table. This should make a good place to store plywood sheets.

Next up Rails and Gantry - this is FUN stuff.

Regards,
Mike
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Old Wed 05 August 2009, 11:06
Doug_Ford
Just call me: Doug #3
 
Conway (Arkansas)
United States of America
Beautiful work Mike. Good luck with your build.
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Old Fri 28 August 2009, 14:31
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
OK, a little more progress. Rails finished, gantry and Y car rolling. Gotta love those DIY rails, with a little work you can make them perfect.

Up next, the Z axis and motors. I've got my eye on one of those coveted Serial Numbers ;-).

This forum is awesome, thanks to everyone, especially Gerald!

Mike
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Old Fri 28 August 2009, 15:31
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Nice work Mike.
Where did you find all those nice, flexible rubber grommets!?
Detail - nice details.

Sean
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Old Sat 29 August 2009, 00:03
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Nice job Mike!

Hope you have considered the hold-down roller for the y-car when you positioned this cable hole:



. . . . and that there might be thicker cables/pipes for spindle and compressed air.
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Old Sat 29 August 2009, 07:44
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gerald D View Post
Nice job Mike!
Hope you have considered the hold-down roller for the y-car when you positioned this cable hole:
Hmmm, I didn't... but I'm sure I will be shortly! Thanks.
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Old Sat 29 August 2009, 07:49
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by smreish View Post
Nice work Mike.
Where did you find all those nice, flexible rubber grommets!?
Thanks :-)

See: www.mcmaster.com part numbers: 9307K73 and 9307K58
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Old Sat 29 August 2009, 09:31
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Mike,
Your progress is looking good.
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Old Sun 30 August 2009, 18:57
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Mike: Lovely work. Can you tell me the best way you found to put the holes in the main beams? Just a drill press or...? Also, how did you turn the beast over? Overhead slings?

I am just starting on welding up the table but want to get the holes in before the welding.

Thanks

Joe in Washington State
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Old Mon 31 August 2009, 08:32
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Hi Joe,

Quote:
Can you tell me the best way you found to put the holes in the main beams?
I drilled the rails on a drill press first with 1/4" holes. Once I had a rolling gantry, I C/G-clamped the rails on the main beams. With the rails in the right place I used a hand drill to follow those rail holes through the main beams (1/4"). The rails came back off and I used a drill press to put 3/8" holes in the rails and a hand drill to put the 1/2" holes in the main rails. I used pretty much the same process for the Y-rails.

Tip: for those pesky clamping rails that go inside the Y tubes.
1. Get yourself 2 - 6" x 5/16" bolts.
2. After all the Y rail drilling is finished, put the clamp-rails inside the Y-tubes.
3. Put the Y-rails on the Y-tubes.
4. Use these 6" bolts on either end of rail and thread a couple turns into the Clamp rails.
5. Use these bolts to lift up the clamp rails and add the rest of the shorter 5/16" bolts. (use a helper, or a vice-grip pliers to hold the clamp rail up)

Quote:
Also, how did you turn the beast over?
lol, I did think about that one for a while! I ended up using a engine hoist on one side. Tipped beasty onto one side, moved the hoist to the other side, then lowered it upright. It worked really well, but do it carefully.

Mike
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Old Mon 31 August 2009, 09:47
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Thanks. That is all very helpful. I think I can handle all of that now. Again, great looking job on you machine. Can't wait to see it finished.

Joe
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Old Mon 07 September 2009, 13:27
harmsdesign
Just call me: Brian
 
Burbank (California)
United States of America
Hi Mike.
Where in California are you? I am slowly ramping up to build. Reading and planning a lot.
I am in Burbank.
btw-your work looks great so far!
Brian
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Old Mon 09 November 2009, 18:27
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Almost ready to make some dust!

It moves! The gantry is moving X,Y,Z quite nicely with Mach3. I still have some details to work out with hooking up the router on/off and speed and the limit stops, but I should be making dust soon. Attached are a few more pics.

Oh, and that MechMate logo needs to be installed before the first cut!

Thanks to all!
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Old Tue 10 November 2009, 09:56
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Mike: Great photos. Thanks. Do you have the source and item #'s for the control switches? Also, what is the control box (showing 00000) in the photo in the upper right corner - the one over the power supply? Joe
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Old Wed 11 November 2009, 11:52
martin77pl
Just call me: Martin #39
 
Wroclaw
Poland
Hi Mike, I am using same set-up as yours as far as tollhead is concerned. Can you post your PD settings? I just wanna make sure I am doing things right.
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Old Wed 11 November 2009, 17:45
cncb
Just call me: Brian
 
Connecticut
United States of America
Joe, looks like a VFD for his spindle.

What is the LCD screen to the right of your WEG On/Off button? Voltmeter/temperature meter?
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Old Thu 12 November 2009, 10:10
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Let me see if I can answer the Q's that came up:

Yes, cncb is correct the 00000 thing is the VFD for the spindle. I'm using the Water Cooled Spindle from eBay. See:
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-water-cooled-2...item5ad4d21813

Quote:
Can you post your PD settings?
I used the PD setting that came with the instruction sheet for the VFD. See attached below.

Quote:
What is the LCD screen to the right of your WEG On/Off button? Voltmeter/temperature meter?
Its a temperature meter that monitors the spindle water temp, see: http://www.xoxide.com/thermaltake-fl...wmeter-wi.html

Quote:
Do you have the source and item #'s for the control switches?
I used this thread:
http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showt...ht=BC01&page=6
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Old Sun 15 November 2009, 13:05
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Making Dust and MechMate Logo Installed!

Thanks to everyone here, especially Gerald for making such a great DIY machine and sharing it with the world. I'm happy to say my MM is cutting nicely! I still have a few bugs to work out, but like any DIY project, things are never totally "finished". See the pic below, and for those that want to see the movie, check out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5_6T4qRO2E

Gerald, did I earn my coveted Serial Number?

Thanks Again,
Mike
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Old Sun 15 November 2009, 17:22
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Looks great Mike, good job.
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Old Sun 15 November 2009, 20:36
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Wow, Awesome work.
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 00:36
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Mike, you have certainly earned #40!
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 03:45
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Mike

Congratulations......
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 04:34
Robert M
Just call me: Robert
 
Lac-Brome, Qc
Canada
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Happy for you
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 06:54
astrolavista
Just call me: Rene #29
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada
Nice Job!! The sign says it all..
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 07:15
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Update Builder's Log

Mike,

Great machine and congratulations on Serial #40.

Here's the Updated Builder's Log.

Please provide the dimensions of your MM for the Builder's Log.

Also, please review the your entry and provide any changes you would like.
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 08:51
Claudiu
Just call me: Claus #43
 
Arad
Romania
Hey Mike,

congratulations...
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 08:58
Radishworks
Just call me: Mike #40
 
California
United States of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhiggins7 View Post
Please provide the dimensions of your MM for the Builder's Log.

Also, please review the your entry and provide any changes you would like.
Entry looks good, 97"x49" for the size.

Thanks!
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 10:47
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Dimensions added here.
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